Monday, August 10, 2015

Driving to Visit a Holeh on Shabbat

Driving to Visit a Holeh on Shabbat
Day: Monday
Date: August 10, 2015
Parshat: Ri'eh
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 328

As mentioned previously, it is permissible for anyone to accompany a Holeh to the hospital on Shabbat if it will make the Holeh more confident. Likewise, if the Holeh asks for a specific person to visit him and the doctor says that his condition might worsen if the visitor doesn't come, it is permissible for that person to drive to the hospital to visit. It is better if possible for the visitor to take a bus or some other form of transportation. Otherwise he may drive himself. This holds true if not going may worsen the situation. However, if the patient has dimentia for example, and won't even know whether or not the visitor actually came he may not do any melachot to get there since they won't help the situation.

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